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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

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outsider from some other vilagİ attempted to join in the play 5 he was at once
hustled out with kicks and blows that meant mischief. The women were
backed up by their own husbands, who stood behind and encouraged them by
word, but did not move a hand to strike. When it was all over, many of the
spectators ran into the arena and rolled over and over in the dust, or streaked
themselves with it on the forehead, taking it as the dust hallowed by the feet
of Krishna and the Gopis.

The forenoon had been devoted to the recitation of Hindi poems appro*
priate to the occasion. I was not on the spot in time enough to hear any of
this, but with some difficulty I obtained for a few days the loan of the volume
thai was used, and have copied from it three short pieces. The actual M.S. is
of no greater antiquity than 1776A. G., the colophon at the end, in the curious
mixture of Sanskrit and Hindi affected by village pandits, standing thus :

Sambat 1852 JBhodrqpad sudi % dwitiya, rabMr, likhitam idam pnstakam,
Sri Bopdl Das Charan-Pakari*-madhye parh&n drthi Sri Seva Dd* Bari
Batkain vdsi :

but probably many successive copies have been made since the original was
thumbed to pieces. The first stanzas, which are raiher prettily worded,
are, or at least profess to be, the composition of the famous blind poet &ir
Bis.

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